I've been working really hard on finishing the cookbook and while I haven't forgotten to cook other things, I have forgotten to take photos! To give you an update - our Cookbook Divine Chinese Cuisine - Book 1 is full of authentic Chinese recipes that are also Gluten, Lactose, Seafood, Nut, Dye and MSG Free! I will give you another update when it is finally going to print and let you know as soon as it will be available online.
In the meantime, I did cook something very interesting the other night that I thought I would share with you - Reverse Seared Steak. This is a technique where you first put the steak in the oven and then sear it in a very hot cast iron skillet to finish and it's amazing! I've never been very good at making Steak and now I have to say that with this technique the Steak was so good!
I got the idea from the wonderful website, Serious Eats, but I did have to adapt it as I didn't have time to age the steaks in the fridge and I had 1 inch thick Steaks, not 2 inches. So, here's the technique for medium rare steaks. If you want them more done, cook them in the oven a bit longer - until the thermometer reads 130 - 135 for Medium Well. I think you will want to try this way of making Steak!
Reverse Seared Steak
adapted from Serious Eats
2 Rib Eye Steaks (at least one inch thick)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground Pepper
2 Tablespoons Salted Butter
Heat the oven to 275 degrees. Place the Steaks on a baking sheet and sprinkle each side of each Steak evenly with Salt and Pepper.
Place in the oven and cook for 20 - 25 minutes or until the instant read thermometer reads 125 degrees.
Heat a cast iron skillet on the stove until it is very hot. Place the Steaks on the pan and sear on one side fro 45 seconds, turn them over and sear for another 45 seconds. Remove from the pan and place one Tablespoon of Butter on each Steak.
Five Element Analysis
Beef belongs to the Earth Element and the bit of Butter adds in a hint of Metal. The way of cooking does bring in the Fire Element due to the high heat. But, to make a balanced meal, you will certainly want to add a Green Vegetable for the Wood Element, or perhaps also a Salad for the Fire Element or a Steak Sauce with some heat. And don't forget to bring in something for the Water Element and a little more of the Metal Element too - we had Blueberries with Whipped Cream.